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Legal Wrap: Marriage Equality, Contraception, and the NRA Teaming Up With Anti-Abortion Groups

Sacramento, California, November 22, 2008: Protest against the passage of Proposition 8.

While the Supreme Court took up marriage equality, the NRA and anti-abortion groups joined forces to block an important judicial appointment.

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Legal Wrap: A Big Win in Idaho, and Companies Fighting Contraception Coverage

A federal court strikes a bunch of abortion restrictions in Idaho, while another for-profit company tries and fight the birth control benefit.

A federal court strikes a bunch of abortion restrictions in Idaho, while another for-profit company tries and fight the birth control benefit.

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Orrin Hatch’s Amicus Brief in the Hobby Lobby Lawsuit: All Bark, No Bite

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah

A group of 11 Republicans, led by Orrin Hatch, has filed an amicus brief in support of Hobby Lobby’s ongoing effort to wiggle its way out of complying with the provision in the ACA’s birth control provision.

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Eighteen For-Profit Companies Fighting to Eliminate the Birth Control Benefit

18 for-profit companies have filed lawsuits against providing birth control coverage for their employees as part of employee health care under the Affordable Care Act. Here's a brief introduction to those companies.

Eighteen for-profit companies have filed lawsuits to overturn the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act, which requires that all insurance policies cover birth control without a co-pay as part of preventive care. These companies argue that including insurance coverage for birth control “violates their religious freedom.” Here’s a brief introduction to those companies and their cases.

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Will The Proposed Religious Accommodation to the Birth Control Benefit Stem The Flood of Litigation Challenging It?

(The Inquisitr)

The Obama administration may be trying to stop the flood of litigation around the contraception benefit, but proposed changes to the religious exemption will likely do very little to do so.

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Legal Wrap: Lawsuits Against Birth Control Benefit Continues, and Texas GOP Wants to Subsidize Businesses that Break the Law

(pent.ca.gov)

The federal government may be moving forward with the birth control benefit, but the real action in reproductive rights remains in the states.

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Texas GOP Considers Turning State Into Tax Dodge Over Contraception Mandate

(weaselzippers.us)

A new law would give employers a tax break for ignoring federal law.

 

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Legal Wrap: Personhood, Statutory Rape, and the Second-Class Legal Status of Women

(Legal Advantage HR Solutions, LLC)

A handful of cases at the state level show how far women still have to go to be considered equal citizens under the law.

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Hold On to Your Birth Control! ACLU Forecasts Big Year Ahead for Reproductive Rights

(IllustrationThinks via CNN)

Don’t expect legislators opposed to reproductive rights to tread lightly in 2013 just because voters made it clear extreme approaches to health care aren’t popular, warned the American Civil Liberties Union in a media conference call Tuesday.

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Sotomayor Is Right: Hobby Lobby’s Legal Claims Are Not “Indisputably Clear”

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. (BCNN1)

Conservative critics have criticized Justice Sotomayor’s decision to reject Hobby Lobby’s request for an emergency injunction on the birth control benefit under the ACA. The question before her was: Are Hobby Lobby’s rights so indisputably clear that an emergency injunction was required? She answered that question correctly: no.

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